Another 3 year old child raped… during school hours. Over the past year, there have been many such cases reported. The brutality remains the same. The mindset of the school officials and cops remain the same. The only thing varying are the ages of the children abused. Sometimes it is a 3 year, a 5 year, an 8 year old.
I am getting increasingly worried about where our society is heading. No, I am not a mother yet. But I do have a lovely two year old niece, who means the world to me! And I dread to think of the day when we will have to send her to a playschool or regular school. Why are we, as sensible citizens maintaining silence over such news reports. What has today happened to someone else’s daughter, can tomorrow happen to our daughter. It is high time, we all stand together as a responsible society and provide our children the protection and care they require and more importantly, help preserve their innocence!!
So today I want to address these Phaedophiles directly. Here’s an open letter to all the perverted minds out there, who think any women/girl is game… Age no bar!!
On the outside you might seem a common man… a normal Indian family man… With a devoted wife and children… daughters/sons, sisters that you think the world of. I have no doubt that you love your family as any normal person would. On the outside!! But please tell me, how can any father/brother, have a sick mind. How can you look at somebody else’s baby daughter with lustful eyes. How can you look at a child and see beyond the innocence that only children have!
If you had the slightest idea about the extent of love and affection every parent had for their baby girls, you would think twice before objectifying them or harming them. If only you knew the pain that parents take, since the time the baby is born to the time they grow up and become independent… making sure no harm or grief befalls them. Sacrificing their own comfort to ensure a smooth life for their children! But maybe I am asking for too much… maybe you have lost the capacity to think… to rationalize… to be human!
Do you know, even animals(pets and wild) have a gentle approach towards children.. Even if kids pull the dogs hair, plonk their weight on the dog, roughly wake them up from deep slumber.. they still walk away from the child, rather than harm them. I guess I am doing deep injustice to the animals by comparing you with them. Your cruelty and brutality seem to belong to some other category of species. The right word for someone like you is “MONSTER”. The Monster that gives our kids nightmares.. the monster that strikes fear in their heart.. such that they don’t feel safe even in their own homes.
School is supposed to be home away from home, where children learn new things about the world around them.. gain knowledge that helps them grow. We don’t expect our kids to be attacked when they are sleeping in their homes, with their parents and grandparents protecting them. Similarly, we don’t expect kids to be attacked while they are in school.. around their teachers. But sadly.. you have shattered this illusion we have been living in. You have taught us to fear the one place where we thought no harm would befall our kids.
Mom’s sacrifice their sleep so that the child doesn’t get bitten by a mosquito during a powercut at night. They baby proof the entire house so that the child doesn’t get hurt accidentally. If it was practically possible, mom’s would baby proof the entire city to protect their kids. These are the same kids that you grievously hurt.. mentally and physically. The child goes through unimaginable trauma.. because they do not understand why someone is hurting them. The 3 year olds see all adults as protectors. They cannot comprehend the difference between a good person and a bad person. The parents suffer more than the child because they stop trusting the world around them. If someone can so brutally hurt a baby, then humanity is as good as dead! The parents have to help heal the child and help them build a positive outlook towards life, despite the trauma they have been through.
Our wise-ass elders often advise the girls.. don’t wear revealing clothes, don’t stay out after dark, avoid lonely areas… then rape and other sexual crimes will be avoided. It is the girl who is at the wrong place, at the wrong time, wearing the wrong clothes, who invites trouble. It is she to be equally blamed for the crime. So tell me, where exactly did the child go wrong? What was her share in the crime… she was at school, during broad daylight, wearing her school uniform, supposed to be under the protective gaze of teachers and fellow students… what exactly did she do to provoke you to this crime. Was it the diapers that she still wears.. because she is still a baby!! Or was it the fact that she is innocent, vulnerable, unaware of bad intentions and bad people.
I don’t care what the so called human rights activists day.. You deserve Capital Punishment and you deserve it as fast as possible. The world would be a better place, without perverts like you around. This will ensure, that our children are safe. This will ensure that your daughter or niece is safe!! Because I believe, if your are a Phaedophile.. you can never play another role in your life.. you can never truly be a father or uncle or brother. You have a sick mind that nothing or no one can change!
However, unless the mentality of our cops, school authorities and general public doesn’t change. You will be safe. Our laws will ensure that you have a secure life until you die of old age! How can we blame you singularly when people around us care two hoots about this crime, unless it happens to their own kids, When cops who are supposed to fight crime.. lie back and watch the fun! When school authorities are more concerned about minting money than standing for some real values, when teachers refuse to go beyond their job description and try to go an extra mile to ensure their students are well taken care of.
We’ve been hearing these incidents for an entire year now. The children have been attacked while they were in their schools in Bangalore.. during school hours. And the ages of the kids attacked is decreasing. This brutality has to end. If not, we are answerable to our next generation about our inability to protect them despite being capable enough to.
Here’s a request to all Bangaloreans out there. Let us do something to prevent this crime. We have to fight for stricter laws, accountability from the schools, a better system that will ensure that all children are safe while they are in their schools. We as parents can protect them when they are outside on the roads or elsewhere. But how do you ensure protection of the child during school hours? It is practically impossible for parents to hover around their kids during school hours.. so how then can we ensure their safety. We need to evolve a system in every school…where apart from CCTV cameras.. basic precautions are taken. Basic precautions such as background verification of every single employee..including watchmen and peon. No girl child should be allowed to wander alone without female supervision. Teachers should ensure all members of their class are accounted for during the hour that they are in charge. Children especially younger ones should be escorted by a female teacher or helper from class to the gates, where the parents/guardians are waiting. Male admin workers/teachers/security men should not have unnecessary access or interaction with the kids. School officials should take responsibility of the safety of each and every child during school hours.
This is the least we can do for our future generation!
Please sign my petition on Change.org, regarding prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in School, if you believe it will make a difference! Also share it, so that we can get maximum support!!